Mount Pisgah and the Mt. of Transfiguration

 

“And Moses went up from the plains of Moab unto the mountain of Nebo, to the top of Pisgah, that is over against Jericho… And the Lord said unto him, This is the land which I sware unto Abraham, unto Isaac, and unto Jacob, saying I will give it unto thy seed: I have caused thee to see it with thine eyes, but thou shalt not go over thither. So Moses the servant of the Lord died there in the land of Moab, according to the word of the Lord. And he buried him in a valley in the land of Moab, over against Beth-Peor: but no man knoweth of his sepulcher unto this day” – (Du.34:1,4-6).

 

    Moses was buried by the Lord before Israel entered into the Promised Land. From Mt. Pisgah Moses surveyed the Promised Land and there he died and his burial place was kept secret from all men. Moses climbing upward toward heaven to the top of Pisgah showed that he looked upon death as an ascension to the true Promised Land of heaven. God himself buried him, by the ministry of an angel, which made the funeral, though very private, yet very magnificent. When Moses was dead, God buried him; when Christ was dead, God raised Him.

Sweet was the journey to the sky.

“Climb up the mount,” said God and die.

 

   It was not for Moses to enter the Promised Land, for keeping the laws of God brings no man to heaven. Only Joshua-Jesus can bring us in by grace. If Moses had gone in, it would teach us that heaven could be obtained by the works of the law. Moses must die and be buried by God alone, to teach us that the O.T. must die and the N.T. of God’s grace in Christ would provide the way into the true Promised Land of heaven. Pisgah was to Moses the vestibule of heaven, God met him at the gate of Paradise. His soul went from a vision of the Promised Land below to the Promised Land of heaven: from the vision of Jerusalem on earth to New Jerusalem in heaven.

 

Moses may lead to Jordan’s flood,

 But there surrenders his command.

Our Joshua must the waves divide,

And bring us to the Promised Land.

Trained by the law, we learn our place,

But gain the inheritance by grace.

 

   All the details of Moses’ death had been ordered by the Lord. Time, place, and circumstances were arranged by God. And God has marked out for us the place where and the time when we must resign our last breath. We all must go through our own personal Mt. Pisgah, but to the born again believer it is not death to die but eternal life in Christ – “And this is the promise that he hath promised us, even eternal life” – (I Jn.2:25). Christ is the way to the true Promised Land of everlasting life.

 

   After the death of Moses, his body became the focus of a battle between Michael the archangel and Satan. Something was going on for God to bury him (which is unusual in itself) and for God to keep the place of his burial secret. Surely it had something to do with the fight over the body of Moses. “Yet Michael the archangel, when contending with the devil he disputed about the body of Moses, durst not bring against him a railing accusation, but said, the Lord rebuke thee” – (Jude 9). At some point, Moses’ body must have been resurrected and taken to heaven just as his soul departed from his body immediately at death – (Gen.35:18). I believe this because of his appearance with Elijah and Christ on the Mt. of Transfiguration. It would be strange to have Elijah, who was taken up to heaven, to appear on the Mt. with Moses who was still dead. His appearance with Jesus points to a resurrection. “And was transfigured before them: and his face did shine as the sun, and his raiment was white as the light. And, behold, there appeared with them Moses and Elijah talking with him” – (Mt.17:2,3).

 

   It is likely that the two witnesses of (Rev.11) will be Moses and Elijah or someone with the same spirit and power. The miracles they perform match the miracles of Moses and Elijah. They will turn water into blood and stop the rain for 1260 days and smite the earth with plagues as often as they will. And since these two men have already appeared together with Jesus, they apparently have some sort of work they do together. Moses and Elijah are also mentioned together at the end of the O.T. “Remember ye the law of Moses my servant, which I commanded unto him in Horeb for all Israel, with the statutes and judgment. Behold, I will send you Elijah the prophet before the coming of the great and dreadful day of the Lord.”

 

   When Christ was transfigured on the Mt., the two shining ones that were standing by Him were Moses and Elijah and “spake of the decease which he should accomplish at Jerusalem.” Elijah, who had been raptured without seeing death, so that he had entered, body and soul into heaven: and Moses, who had died, the soul having been separated from the body, but whose body had been committed to Michael the archangel’s guardianship. The body which had been buried near Mt. Pisgah, reappeared upon the Mt. of transfiguration which was a miniature look at the second coming of Christ in power and glory – (2 Pet.1:16:18).

 

   With Elijah and Moses on the Mt. with Christ, it shows evidence of the soon coming rapture. That those who lie in the grave and those who are alive, shall both be given new bodies like Christ’s glorious body at His second coming. “Changed in a moment, in the twinkling of an eye.” Moses and Elijah on the Mt. are a type of the quick and the dead saints at Christ’s second coming. They are absolute proof of the rapture.

 

   Moses and Elijah were the representation of the law and the prophets. They discussed with Jesus His death on the cross. The law and the prophets bore testimony to the saving, bloody death of Christ on the cross for sinners who break the laws of God. Moses and Elijah stand on the mountain peaks of Israel’s history.

 

   What kind of bodies had Moses and Elijah when they appeared on the Mt. or was it simply an ‘appearance,’ visible in form but without physical substance? Jesus tells us plainly that their appearance on the Mt. was a ‘vision’ – “And as they came down from the mountain, Jesus changed them saying, tell the vision to no man…” – (Mt.17:9). I can’t help but see tele-vision here. Television means ‘far vision’ and certainly Moses and Elijah’s appearance was a vision from far away in heaven. God has been showing His television from outer space to earth since the creation. God gives both inward visions and outward visions seen with organs of sight. I believe the vision on the Mt. of transfiguration is prophecy of television today just before the second coming of Christ.

 

   And God doesn’t need wires and a TV screen, He can project images in the air that can speak. Just as man now has wireless satellite TV, so God has His satellite bodies throughout heaven that He uses as well. Remember man has already sent TV from outer space to earth several times. Just recently man has invented screenless TV. 102 Technology from California calls it ‘Heliodisplay’ which transforms normal ambient air and presents video images into free space. This new technology enables you to watch video and even interact with it without the use of a screen – the air is the screen.

 

   People worldwide will view the dead bodies and resurrection and ascension of God’s two witnesses lying on the street of Jerusalem on their TV – “And they of the people and kindreds and tongues and nations shall see their dead bodies three days and a half…” – (Rev.11:9). I believe God was showing us this worldwide TV of the two witnesses when He showed the vision of Moses and Elijah on the Mt. of Transfiguration.

 

   Most certainly the Mount of Transfiguration was a miniature look at the second coming of Christ in His majesty as King of Kings to set up His kingdom on earth. Peter said - “For we have not followed cunningly devised fables, when we made known unto you the power and coming of our Lord Jesus Christ, but were eyewitnesses of his majesty. For he received from God the Father honour and glory, when there came such a voice to him from the excellent glory, This is my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased. And this voice which came from heaven we heard, when we were with him in the holy mount” – (2 Pet.1:16-18). Just as Peter, James and John were eyewitnesses of Christ’s second coming on the Mount, so Moses and Elijah were witnesses also. And this certainly points to the two witnesses of (Rev.11) who minister just prior to Emperor Jesus’ second coming in majesty – (Rev.1:12-16). Almost every TV station has ‘eyewitness news’ each evening and the second coming of Christ will be the greatest eyewitness news ever seen on planet earth. Behold, he cometh with clouds; and every eye shall see him…” – (Rev.1:7). All people on earth will be eyewitnesses of Christ’s second coming but most are very unhappy because they’re not saved – “And all kindreds of the earth shall wail because of him” – (Rev.1:7). But the second greatest eyewitness news would be the death and resurrection of the two witnesses.

 

   O do not spurn the amazing grace of God in His beloved Son on the cross. Repent of your sins and believe on Christ in your heart for forgiveness of sins and you will become a new born again creature in Christ. “Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new” – (2 Cor.5:17). God loves you so much that He gave His only begotten Son as the supreme sacrifice for sin on the cross for atonement of sin. “In this was manifested the love of God toward us, because that God sent his only begotten Son into the world, that we might live through him” – (I Jn.4:9). If you reject God’s free gift of His Son then the wrath of God abides upon you, the wrath of God during the great tribulation and in hell. “He that believeth on the Son hath everlasting life: and he that believeth not the Son shall not see life; but the wrath of God abideth on him” – (Jn.3:36). God offers you eternal life through His Son. I beseech you in Christ’s name, be saved and born again today before it’s eternally too late.

 

   It is written in the two verses just prior to the transfiguration scene – “For the Son of man shall come in the glory of his Father with his angels; and then he shall reward every man according to his works. Verily I say unto you, There be some standing here, which shall not taste of death, till they see the Son of man coming in his kingdom” – (Mt.16,22,28). Certainly this speaks of the rapture just before the second coming. The dead saints (Moses) and the living saints (Elijah) raptured up and then the coming of the two witnesses, two John the Baptists preparing the way of the Lord appearing when the tribulation temple is being built.

 

We can write this verse on the grave of Moses by Mt. Pisgah -

“Precious in the sight of the Lord is the death of his saints” – (Ps.116:15).

 

Are you a born again saint or are you an ain’t?

Become a born again saint and enter the Promised Land of heaven.

 

Pastor Mike Storti

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Tucson, AZ  85705

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